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Birr

The currency of Ethiopia. It was introduced in 1945, replacing the East African shilling, though an earlier birr had been the currency prior to the East African campaign and the Italian occupation of Ethiopia. It is noted for its high rate of inflation, estimated at over 11% in 2005 and 41% in 2008. Interestingly, the official translation of the birr was "dollar" until 1976, when "birr" became the appropriate word in both Amharic and English.
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Rosse's instrument--suitably dubbed "the Leviathan of Parsonstown"--was formidable both visually and scientifically.
Anyone who knows anything about the history of astronomy is familiar with Lord Rosse's telescope, also known as the "Leviathan of Parsonstown." It was the largest in the world from 1845 to 1917.
The "Leviathan of Parsonstown" boasted a four-ton, 72-inch speculum-metal mirror at the bottom of a 58-foot-long wooden tube slung between two massive stone walls.
Highlights of the event include a private tour of Lord Rosse's newly renovated 72-inch reflector, the "Leviathan of Parsonstown," at Birr Castle, as well as visits to the renowned observatories of Armagh and Dunsink.